Yoav Di-Capua primarily works on modern Arab intellectual history. Dr. Di-Capua identifies with a new group of scholars that moves beyond political thought, and take their cues from post-modernism. He is interest in how entire modern categories of knowledge have been transplanted into the region, at the expense of indigenous modes of comprehension. His book "Gatekeepers of the Arab Past: Historians and History Writing in 20th Century Egypt" (2009) investigates the universality of Western historical thought by looking at how the modern idea of history was acculturated in Egypt during the past century. It evaluates how and why historicism defeated Islamic historiography and the significance of this process for Egypt's experience of modernity. His current research, "Transnational Arab Thought on the Global Culture of the 1960s" is a collective intellectual biography of the post-colonial generation.